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Old 04-02-2012, 08:40 AM   #1
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Official Grand Staircase Road Report

For canyonlands road updates please use the following link:
http://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/roadstatus.htm

We will occasionally post these when they are particularly bad mosly due to excessive rains.

RE Grand Staircase National Monument - we received these updates via email. They're more often when the roads are particularly bad. They also generally err towards the user with their stock Dodge Durango so they are a little conservative, but are usually fairly accurate. As people experiment in local areas feel free to add your own updates. They are compilations of several offices reporting together and are not always 100% accurate or sometimes things are ready before they are reported ready particularly in snowy areas/high elevation. We will generally try to post these updates as soon as we receive them.

Please also post up if you encounter anything different. I will forward these to the ranger who compiles the report.

For more questions typically call the local offices: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/grand...or_Center.html
For Boulder and east, north to as far as Hanksville please try the Cannonville office. For Escalante area and south try the Escalante visitor center / field office: 435-826-5499. For example: Anyone been up to Left Hand Collet lately? think it would be passable on a dirt bike or is there serious snow buildup? Try giving the Escalante Visitor Center a call - they will have a better idea of road conditions on that side of the Monument. 435-826-5499.

FYI – the Bullfrog Ferry is up and running beginning April 23, 2012. Below are the links to the schedule.



http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:0::::V,T:,2257

http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/uconowner.gf?n=9248420887434429

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:41 AM   #2
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April 2 Road Report

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report
Monday, April 02, 2012
All road conditions can change due to weather.
Please contact the nearest visitor center for the most current conditions.
Roads to the East
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Burr Trail
3/26/2012
2WD
Watch for falling rocks in Long Canyon. 2WD down switchbacks - Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 3/26/12.
Notom-Bullfrog
3/26/2012
2WD
Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 3/26/12.
Road to Bullfrog Marina
3/26/2012
2WD
Less than 1" of water. Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 3/26/12.
Wolverine Loop
3/13/2012
2WD
Road is in good shape.
Cedar Wash
2/28/2012
4WD
A couple of big mud puddles that are deep but passable with 4WD
Hole in the Rock
3/21/2012
2WD
None Recommend HC-4WD for last 7 miles.
Spencer Flat
2/23/2012
2WD
None
Roads to the North
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Hells Backbone
3/19/2012
Impassable
Snow and Mud at higer elevation makes the road impassable
Posey Lake to Loa
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable due to snow and mud
Whites Flat (FR #142)
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable due to snow.
Griffin Top
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable due to snow
North Creek (FR #149)
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable at higher elevation due to snow and mud
Main Canyon
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable at higher elevations due to snow and mud
Roads to the Central Areas
Name
Date
Condition
Comments
Smoky Mountain - Alvey Wash
3/30/2012
2WD High Clearance
HC2WD all the way through - rough high clearance areas
Left Hand Collet
12/22/2011
4WD High Clearance, Impassable
Snowcovered - not recommended
Croton
3/8/2012
Impassable
2WD south of the Grand Bench junction, impassable north of that.
Smoky Hollow
11/23/2011
2WD High Clearance
A few sandy spots.
Roads to the West
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Cottonwood
3/31/2012
Impassable
HC2WD to Cottonwood Narrows from the north. Impassable 15 miles south of Kodachrome and 19.7 miles north of Hwy 89.
Skutumpah
3/31/2012
2WD
Rough, rutted between Lick Wash and Willis Creek
Glendale Bench
3/28/2012
2WD
None
Paria Movie Set
3/24/2012
2WD
Road dry and in good shape
House Rock Valley
3/24/2012
2WD
Rough, rutted areas
White House
3/25/2012
2WD
Dry, passable, a little washboard
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:45 AM   #3
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FWD: Visitor Center Hours



Hello Everyone, Currently the Visitor Center hours are as follows;

Escalante Open 7 days a week, 8 am 4:30 pm
Cannonville Open Thursday Monday, 8am 4:30 pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)
Kanab Open Monday Friday, 8 am 4:30 pm
Big Water Open Thursday Monday, 8:30 am 5:00 pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

I will send out an update as soon as I am able to extend the days that we are open.

Thank you, Jeanie
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:46 AM   #4
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Here is last Friday's report, note discussion of the mud hole on Cottonwood Road and may provide some additional insight...

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report
Friday, March 30, 2012
All road conditions can change due to weather.
Please contact the nearest visitor center for the most current conditions.
Roads to the East
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Burr Trail
3/26/2012
2WD
Watch for falling rocks in Long Canyon. 2WD down switchbacks - Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 3/26/12.
Notom-Bullfrog
3/26/2012
2WD
Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 3/26/12.
Road to Bullfrog Marina
3/26/2012
2WD
Less than 1" of water. Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 3/26/12.
Wolverine Loop
3/13/2012
2WD
Road is in good shape.
Cedar Wash
2/28/2012
4WD
A couple of big mud puddles that are deep but passable with 4WD
Hole in the Rock
3/21/2012
2WD
None Recommend HC-4WD for last 7 miles.
Spencer Flat
2/23/2012
2WD
None
Roads to the North
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Hells Backbone
3/19/2012
Impassable
Snow and Mud at higer elevation makes the road impassable
Posey Lake to Loa
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable due to snow and mud
Whites Flat (FR #142)
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable due to snow.
Griffin Top
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable due to snow
North Creek (FR #149)
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable at higher elevation due to snow and mud
Main Canyon
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable at higher elevations due to snow and mud
Roads to the Central Areas
Name
Date
Condition
Comments
Smoky Mountain - Alvey Wash
3/26/2012
2WD High Clearance
None
Left Hand Collet
12/22/2011
4WD High Clearance, Impassable
Snowcovered - not recommended
Croton
3/8/2012
Impassable
2WD south of the Grand Bench junction, impassable north of that.
Smoky Hollow
11/23/2011
2WD High Clearance
A few sandy spots.
Roads to the West
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Cottonwood
3/25/2012
Impassable
Impassable deep extensive mudhole 19.7 miles north of Hwy 89
Skutumpah
3/28/2012
2WD
None
Glendale Bench
3/28/2012
2WD
None
Paria Movie Set
3/24/2012
2WD
Road dry and in good shape
House Rock Valley
3/24/2012
2WD
Rough, rutted areas
White House
3/25/2012
2WD
Dry, passable, a little washboard
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The roads & trails above should be linked together into a Utah Grand Staircase Adventure Route
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Good call Andre, I find these reports very helpful for planning and I'm sure others will too! :cool:
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:08 PM   #8
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Sorry - already - I haven't been good at posting these..

Looking a lot better..

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report
Monday, April 16, 2012
All road conditions can change due to weather.
Please contact the nearest visitor center for the most current conditions.
Roads to the East
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Burr Trail
4/8/2012
2WD
Watch for falling rocks in Long Canyon. 2WD down switchbacks - Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/8/12.
Notom-Bullfrog
4/8/2012
2WD
Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/8/12.
Road to Bullfrog Marina
4/8/2012
2WD
Less than 1" of water. Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/8/12.
Wolverine Loop
3/13/2012
2WD
Road is in good shape.
Cedar Wash
3/29/2012
2WD
Good condition recently graded.
Hole in the Rock
3/30/2012
2WD
Dry and dusty in spots starting to get washboards. Recommend HC-4WD for last 7 miles.
Spencer Flat
2/23/2012
2WD
None
Roads to the North
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Hells Backbone
4/5/2012
2WD
Few muddy patches should be completely dry in a few days.
Posey Lake to Loa
4/6/2012
Impassable
2WD up to Posey Lake; Impassable beyond.
Whites Flat (FR #142)
4/5/2012
2WD
None
Griffin Top
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable due to snow
North Creek (FR #149)
4/5/2012
2WD
Open to island in the sky turnoff.
Main Canyon
4/13/2012
4WD
snow over summit, 2wd to corn creek.
Roads to the Central Areas
Name
Date
Condition
Comments
Smoky Mountain - Alvey Wash
4/6/2012
2WD High Clearance

Left Hand Collet
4/11/2012
4WD High Clearance
Rough but passable watch for soft spots in the creek still wet.
Croton
3/8/2012
Impassable
2WD south of the Grand Bench junction, impassable north of that.
Smoky Hollow
3/30/2012
2WD High Clearance
A few sandy areas
Roads to the West
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Cottonwood
4/12/2012
Impassable
HC2WD to Cottonwood Narrows from the north. Impassable 15 miles south of Kodachrome and 19.7 miles north of Hwy 89
Skutumpah
4/7/2012
2WD
Rough, rutted
Glendale Bench
4/1/2012
2WD
Road was dry, good condition
Paria Movie Set
4/6/2012
2WD
Road in good shape - 2WD
House Rock Valley
3/24/2012
2WD
Rough, rutted areas
White House
4/6/2012
2WD
2WD
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:42 AM   #10
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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report
Thursday, April 19, 2012
All road conditions can change due to weather.
Please contact the nearest visitor center for the most current conditions.
Roads to the East
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Burr Trail
4/19/2012
2WD
2WD down switchbacks - Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/19/12.
Notom-Bullfrog
4/19/2012
2WD
Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/19/12.
Road to Bullfrog Marina
4/19/2012
2WD High Clearance
Some water at the bottom. Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/19/12.
Wolverine Loop
3/13/2012
2WD
Road is in good shape.
Cedar Wash
3/29/2012
2WD
Good condition recently graded.
Hole in the Rock
4/12/2012
2WD High Clearance
Dry and dust starting to get washboards. Recommend HC-4WD for last 7 miles.
Spencer Flat
2/23/2012
2WD
None
Roads to the North
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Hells Backbone
4/5/2012
2WD
Few muddy patches should be completely dry in a few days.
Posey Lake to Loa
4/6/2012
Impassable
2WD up to Posey Lake; Impassable beyond.
Whites Flat (FR #142)
4/5/2012
2WD
None
Griffin Top
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable due to snow
North Creek (FR #149)
4/5/2012
2WD
Open to island in the sky turnoff.
Main Canyon
4/13/2012
4WD
snow over summit, 2wd to corn creek.
Roads to the Central Areas
Name
Date
Condition
Comments
Smoky Mountain - Alvey Wash
4/11/2012
2WD High Clearance
Rough in a few places watch for rutts and washboards.
Left Hand Collet
4/11/2012
4WD High Clearance
Rough but passable watch for soft spots in the creek still wet.
Croton
3/8/2012
Impassable
2WD south of the Grand Bench junction, impassable north of that.
Smoky Hollow
3/30/2012
2WD High Clearance
A few sandy areas
Roads to the West
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Cottonwood
4/16/2012
Impassable
Kane County has closed the road due to impassable conditions 15 miles south of Kodachrome and 19.7 miles north of Hwy 89. (Road is passable to Cottonwood Narrows trailhead from the north and Lower Hackberry trailhead from the south.)
Skutumpah
4/7/2012
2WD
Rough, rutted
Glendale Bench
4/1/2012
2WD
Road was dry, good condition
Paria Movie Set
4/6/2012
2WD
Road in good shape - 2WD
House Rock Valley
3/24/2012
2WD
Rough, rutted areas
White House
4/6/2012
2WD
2WD
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:23 AM   #12
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Cottonwood looks like it's in bad shape unfortunately....

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report
Monday, April 23, 2012
All road conditions can change due to weather.
Please contact the nearest visitor center for the most current conditions.
Roads to the East
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Burr Trail
4/19/2012
2WD
2WD down switchbacks - Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/19/12.
Notom-Bullfrog
4/19/2012
2WD
Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/19/12.
Road to Bullfrog Marina
4/19/2012
2WD High Clearance
Some water at the bottom. Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/19/12.
Wolverine Loop
3/13/2012
2WD
Road is in good shape.
Cedar Wash
3/29/2012
2WD
Good condition recently graded.
Hole in the Rock
4/12/2012
2WD High Clearance
Dry and dust starting to get washboards. Recommend HC-4WD for last 7 miles.
Spencer Flat
2/23/2012
2WD
None
Roads to the North
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Hells Backbone
4/21/2012
2WD
None
Posey Lake to Loa
4/6/2012
Impassable
2WD up to Posey Lake; Impassable beyond.
Whites Flat (FR #142)
4/5/2012
2WD
None
Griffin Top
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable due to snow
North Creek (FR #149)
4/5/2012
2WD
Open to island in the sky turnoff.
Main Canyon
4/13/2012
4WD
snow over summit, 2wd to corn creek.
Roads to the Central Areas
Name
Date
Condition
Comments
Smoky Mountain - Alvey Wash
4/11/2012
2WD High Clearance
Rough in a few places watch for rutts and washboards.
Left Hand Collet
4/11/2012
4WD High Clearance
Rough but passable watch for soft spots in the creek still wet.
Croton
3/8/2012
Impassable
2WD south of the Grand Bench junction, impassable north of that.
Smoky Hollow
3/30/2012
2WD High Clearance
A few sandy areas
Roads to the West
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Cottonwood
4/22/2012
Impassable
Kane County has closed the road due to impassable conditions 15 miles south of Kodachrome and 19.7 miles north of Hwy 89. (Road is passable to Cottonwood Narrows trailhead from the north and Lower Hackberry trailhead from the south.)
Skutumpah
4/21/2012
2WD
Rough, rutted
Glendale Bench
4/1/2012
2WD
Road was dry, good condition
Paria Movie Set
4/20/2012
2WD
Road in good shape
House Rock Valley
3/24/2012
2WD
Rough, rutted areas
White House
4/6/2012
2WD
2WD
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Bullfrog Ferry

From email today:



FYI the Bullfrog Ferry is up and running beginning April 23, 2012. Below are the links to the schedule.


http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:0::::V,T:,2257

http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/uconowner.gf?n=9248420887434429
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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Road Report
Friday, May 04, 2012
All road conditions can change due to weather.
Please contact the nearest visitor center for the most current conditions.
Roads to the East
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Burr Trail
4/28/2012
2WD
None
Notom-Bullfrog
4/19/2012
2WD
Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/19/12.
Road to Bullfrog Marina
4/19/2012
2WD High Clearance
Some water at the bottom. Per Capitol Reef Road Report as of 4/19/12.
Wolverine Loop
4/28/2012
2WD
None
Cedar Wash
3/29/2012
2WD
Good condition recently graded.
Hole in the Rock
4/12/2012
2WD High Clearance
Dry and dust starting to get washboards. Recommend HC-4WD for last 7 miles.
Spencer Flat
2/23/2012
2WD
None
Roads to the North
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Hells Backbone
4/21/2012
2WD
None
Posey Lake to Loa
4/6/2012
Impassable
2WD up to Posey Lake; Impassable beyond.
Whites Flat (FR #142)
4/27/2012
2WD
None
Griffin Top
3/19/2012
Impassable
Impassable due to snow
North Creek (FR #149)
4/27/2012
Impassable
Rock slide at lower reservoir. Barker Lakes accessible from Whites Flat, lakes still frozen over.
Main Canyon
4/27/2012
2WD
None
Roads to the Central Areas
Name
Date
Condition
Comments
Smoky Mountain - Alvey Wash
4/28/2012
2WD High Clearance
Extremely rough just south of Drip Tank Wash.
Left Hand Collet
4/11/2012
4WD High Clearance
Rough but passable watch for soft spots in the creek still wet.
Croton
4/28/2012
Impassable
2WD high clearance south of the Grand Bench junction.
Smoky Hollow
3/30/2012
2WD High Clearance
A few sandy areas
Roads to the West
Name
Date
Road
Comments
Cottonwood
5/1/2012
Impassable
Road closed by the county due to a washout 19.4 mile north of Highway 89.
Skutumpah
5/1/2012
2WD High Clearance
None
Glendale Bench
4/1/2012
2WD
Road was dry, good condition
Paria Movie Set
5/2/2012
2WD
High clearance 2WD north of the picnic area.
House Rock Valley
3/24/2012
2WD
Rough, rutted areas
White House
4/6/2012
2WD
2WD
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